Wine Reviews

1402514024ItalyThis opens with aromas suggesting mature berry, baking spice, menthol, scorched earth and oak. The ripe palate offers stewed prune and bitter chocolate while assertive, tightly wound tannins grip the finish.Monserra8865PiedmontBaroloKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeRaineri Gianmatteo 2012 Monserra (Barolo)NebbioloRaineri Gianmatteo
1402614025ItalyMenthol, leather and underbrush aromas lead the nose while the dense palate offers raw sour cherry and dried sage. Bracing tannins grip the finish.Riserva Pajana88135PiedmontBaroloKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeRenzo Seghesio 2008 Riserva Pajana (Barolo)NebbioloRenzo Seghesio
1402714026ItalyScents of cocoa, ripe berry and a balsamic note come together on this. The jammy, straightforward palate offers dark cherry, raspberry, coffee and a hint of licorice alongside fine-grained tannins.8840PiedmontBarbarescoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeRivetti Massimo 2013 BarbarescoNebbioloRivetti Massimo
1402814027USFrom the Nunes Vineyard, this robust red is concentrated in black cherry, tar and cinnamon spice, full bodied from having been cradled in French oak, 20% of it new. The acidity and body are both medium level, while the ripeness is high.Black Label8859CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneRoadhouse Winery 2014 Black Label Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)Pinot NoirRoadhouse Winery
1402914028GeorgiaThis semi-dry Saperavi offers a bouquet of blueberry, geranium leaf and white chocolate. It is well-rounded on the palate, with flavors of blackberry, strawberry, anise, chocolate and violet. Strong tannins do not overtake the sense of brightness that remains on the tongue from entry to finish.Pirosmani8811KakhetiMike DeSimone@worldwineguysSchuchmann Wines 2014 Pirosmani Saperavi (Kakheti)SaperaviSchuchmann Wines
1403014029GeorgiaA blend of Rkatsiteli and Mtsvane, this light-straw-colored wine has aromas of peach and freesia. It is very soft on the palate, with refreshing flavors of melon, clementine and passion fruit. The citrus finish offers a surprising touch of white chocolate.Tsinandali8813KakhetiMike DeSimone@worldwineguysShumi Winery 2013 Tsinandali White (Kakheti)White BlendShumi Winery
1401114010FranceThis is a generous wine, full of red-berry fruitiness and acidity with firm tannins. It is almost ready to drink. Wait until 2017.8836BurgundyChorey-lès-BeauneRoger Voss@vossrogerJaffelin 2014 Chorey-lès-BeaunePinot NoirJaffelin
1403114030This Furmint, grown in marl soils, has aromas of brioche, apple tart and caramelized pear and flavors of lemon-lime juice, green apple and lime blossom before a crisp clean finish.Márga8825Jeff Jenssen@worldwineguysSt. Donat 2013 Márga WhiteWhite BlendSt. Donat
1403214031USThis Sonoma County wine made by Santa Barbara-based Winemaker Andrew Murray is explosively juicy in black currant and berry, while offering soft, lean aspects of herb and pepper.Proprietary8885CaliforniaChalk HillSonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneTerra Bella 2011 Proprietary Red (Chalk Hill)Bordeaux-style Red BlendTerra Bella
1401214011FranceFrom the Aegerter domaine, this wine is full of spicy red fruits. It comes from a vineyard in the hills above Nuits Saint-Georges, and the cooler elevation shows in the acidity and fresh fruitiness. The wine is ready to drink.Les Dames Huguettes Vieilles Vignes8837BurgundyHautes Côtes de NuitsRoger Voss@vossrogerJean-Luc and Paul Aegerter 2014 Les Dames Huguettes Vieilles Vignes (Hautes Côtes de Nuits)Pinot NoirJean-Luc and Paul Aegerter
1403314032USMarc Mondavi, who is the eldest son of the late Peter Mondavi, has a reputation as a bona fide water witch, hence the name of his wine project. This is his first venture into Oregon, and it's a welcome addition to the growing ranks of value Pinots from the Willamette Valley. Elegant and affordable, it's loaded with soft, accessible cherry and chocolate flavors, smooth as silk.8819OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine The Divining Rod 2014 Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley)Pinot NoirThe Divining Rod
1401314012AustraliaA solid all-around effort, this starts off with hints of struck match and citrus custard, then moves through apple and mandarin flavors. It's medium in body, with a refreshing finish and decent length.8818South AustraliaAdelaide HillsJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzSidewood 2014 Pinot Gris (Adelaide Hills)Pinot GrisSidewood
1401414013USSoftly fruity, this brings a gentle wash of bananas and cream, with a touch of caramel. If that sounds appealing, it is indeed, as it glides along a seamless finish. Drink now through 2018.Wren Vineyard8835OregonWillamette ValleyWillamette ValleyPaul Gregutt@paulgwine Lumos 2014 Wren Vineyard Chardonnay (Willamette Valley)ChardonnayLumos
1403414033FranceThis creamy, light and soft wine offers attractive acidity and a touch of citrus. It is fruity and brings a bright aftertaste. The wine with its light buttery character is ready to drink.8828BurgundyBourgogneRoger Voss@vossrogerAlex Gambal 2014 BourgogneChardonnayAlex Gambal
1401514014USThis Rhône-style red blend is light bodied and fruit forward, with slight spice nuances to add interest. Cranberry, pink peppercorns and anise show good balance and concentration on the nose and palate.Les Copains8813TexasTexasAlexander PeartreeMcPherson 2014 Les Copains Red (Texas)Rhône-style Red BlendMcPherson
1401614015USIt's not often you find a varietal Piquepoul Blanc outside of the south of France, but this seems to suit well to the hot Texan climate. Striking notes of ripe peach, apricot and white lily carry the nose and palate. There's good tension and texture in this light- to medium-bodied wine, which would lend well to pairing alongside grilled seafood.Timmons Ranch8813TexasTexasAlexander PeartreeMcPherson 2015 Timmons Ranch Piquepoul Blanc (Texas)Piquepoul BlancMcPherson
1403514034USThis bottling is leveled by 10% Roussanne, and shows ripe yellow peach, honeydew melon, honeyed toast, pear custard and a slight cashew-like marzipan on the fairly dense nose. Rounded flavors of pear, melon, mango and honey dust comprise the palate.12 O'Clock High8835CaliforniaAdelaida DistrictCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannAlta Colina 2014 12 O'Clock High Viognier (Adelaida District)ViognierAlta Colina
1401714016ItalyThis opens with aromas recalling stewed plum, nutmeg, vanilla and a suggestion of blue flower. The ripe palate has a firm structure that supports dried black cherry, clove and aromatic herb while astringent tannins generate an abrupt, somewhat raspy finish. Give the tannins a few more years to mellow then drink.Basarin8855PiedmontBarbarescoKerin O’Keefe@kerinokeefeMoccagatta 2013 Basarin (Barbaresco)NebbioloMoccagatta
1401814017USThis is a blend of 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot, which come together to form a full-bodied package of earthy compost and generously ripe blue and black plum. Soft tannins make it easy to enjoy.All In8824CaliforniaAlexander ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneMurphy-Goode 2012 All In Claret (Alexander Valley)ClaretMurphy-Goode
1401914018GeorgiaDeep violet-red to the eye, this wine has a nose of cherry, strawberry and toffee. It is a bit sharp at first sip, with flavors of tart cherry, lingonberry, thyme and white chocolate. Tannins are very soft on entry but gradually coat the entire palate.8828KakhetiMike DeSimone@worldwineguysOrgo 2014 Saperavi (Kakheti)SaperaviOrgo
1402014019FranceSoft and buttery, this wine is smooth and creamy with hints of citrus and a tangy backdrop. With a lightly toasty edge, the wine finishes more tightly than it starts. Drink now.Fourchaume Premier Cru8837BurgundyChablisRoger Voss@vossrogerPatriarche Père et Fils 2013 Fourchaume Premier Cru (Chablis)ChardonnayPatriarche Père et Fils
1402114020FranceWith touches of the typical minerality of the appellation, this is a young, tight wine. Crisp apple, lemon and spice add interest to this perfumed wine. It will be better to drink from 2017.8824BurgundyPouilly-FuisséRoger Voss@vossrogerPatriarche Père et Fils 2015 Pouilly-FuisséChardonnayPatriarche Père et Fils
1402214021ArgentinaHoneyed, floral aromas include bright citrus accents. Fresh, fruity and powerful across the palate, this is a ripe and ready Chardonnay with strong orange and pineapple flavors. Additional citrus notes push the finish.88OtherNeuquénMichael Schachner@wineschachQuimay 2015 Chardonnay (Neuquén)ChardonnayQuimay
1402314022PortugalPredominantly Loureiro, this is rich, ripe wine. It has a sunny character, ripe with green plums and apples and lightly shot with acidity. It is aromatic, fresh and ready to drink.Calçada Terroir Loureiro-Alvarinho8818Vinho VerdeRoger Voss@vossrogerQuinta da Calçada 2015 Calçada Terroir Loureiro-Alvarinho White (Vinho Verde)Portuguese WhiteQuinta da Calçada
1402414023PortugalThis is a fresh and fruity wine, full of red fruits that are laced with raisins and prunes. The acidity cuts through the richness balancing the natural sweetness. It has an attractive crisp aftertaste.Passadouro Porto Tawny Reserve8819PortRoger Voss@vossrogerQuinta do Passadouro NV Passadouro Porto Tawny Reserve (Port)PortQuinta do Passadouro
1403614035FranceA light and fruity wine, gently tannic while showing firmness at the edges. Red berry fruits dominate to give good acidity and an attractive fresh aftertaste.Château Labrande8815Southwest FranceCahorsRoger Voss@vossrogerJean-Luc Baldès 2011 Château Labrande Malbec (Cahors)MalbecJean-Luc Baldès
1403714036FranceMedium-intense scents of dark berries and black plum unfold in the bouquet of this wine, with soft hints of vanilla, toast and garrigue in the background. The mouthfeel is robust and gripping, with skin-driven fruit flavors and solid tannins that stay through the finish.Rouge8817Languedoc-RoussillonVin de Pays des Côtes CatalanesLauren Buzzeo@laurbuzzLe Cirque 2011 Rouge Red (Vin de Pays des Côtes Catalanes)Rhône-style Red BlendLe Cirque
1403814037USThis wine's aromas are muted at first but open delicately into strawberry and cherry most predominantly, representing the 55% Mourvèdre and 35% Grenache in the blend. On the finish, the 10% Petite Sirah speaks up in the form of chocolatey tannins.Tailrace8819CaliforniaAmador CountySierra FoothillsVirginie Boone@vbooneLegendre 2011 Tailrace Red (Amador County)Rhône-style Red BlendLegendre
1403914038FranceThis is a soft and fruity wine, showing bright currant fruits in a perfumed context. Tangy, nervy, showing plenty of minerality to boost the acidity and fruitiness.8814AlsaceAlsaceRoger Voss@vossrogerLeon Beyer 2011 Riesling (Alsace)RieslingLeon Beyer
1404014039USA pert, savory Sauvignon Blanc, this is brisk with acidity. A tart gooseberry touch shines against a backdrop of pink grapefruits, peaches and limes. A bit of ripeness on the finish will pair well with Vietnamese fare.8829CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaMalk 2012 Sauvignon Blanc (Napa Valley)Sauvignon BlancMalk

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